Surpassing Moral Purity

Matthew 5:27-30

The Sermon on the Mount:
³Life under the leadership of Jesus Christ´

The Sermon on the Mount:
³Life under the leadership of Jesus Christ´ ‡ Eight beautiful attitudes of a believer¶s heart, Mt 5:1-10

The Sermon on the Mount:
³Life under the leadership of Jesus Christ´ ‡ Eight beautiful attitudes of a believer¶s heart, Mt 5:1-10 ‡ The penetrating influence of a believer¶s witness, Mt 5:11-16

The Sermon on the Mount:
³Life under the leadership of Jesus Christ´ ‡ Eight beautiful attitudes of a believer¶s heart, Mt 5:1-10 ‡ The penetrating influence of a believer¶s witness, Mt 5:11-16 ‡ The surpassing righteousness of a believer¶s walk, Mt 5:17-20

The key, Mt 5:20: Jesus calls me to surpassing righteousness
‡ In my personal conduct ‡ In my prayer life ‡ In my giving and personal finances ‡ In my purpose for living

The Sermon on the Mount, a ruler:
³Unless your righteousness, by far, surpasses that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.´

1. A principle of righteousness:
God measures the inner world of my thoughts, motives and desires, not my outward behavior only

The twisted traditions of the Pharisees:
³You have heard it said . . .´ ³. . . but I say´

2. The Practical Matter: Runaway Lust

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Where lust comes from:
‡ Lust is born when my heart becomes ³entitled´

Where lust comes from:
‡ Lust is born when my heart becomes ³entitled´ ‡ Lust grows in my imagination when my eyes become fixated on ³forbidden fruit´

What kind of look does Jesus mean?

Where lust comes from:
‡ Lust is born when my heart becomes ³entitled´

Where lust comes from:
‡ Lust is born when my heart becomes ³entitled´ ‡ Lust grows in my imagination when my eyes become fixated on ³forbidden fruit´

Where lust comes from:
‡ Lust is born when my heart becomes ³entitled´ ‡ Lust grows in my imagination when my eyes become fixated on ³forbidden fruit´ ‡ Lust convinces me that I will not end up in ³scandal´

The damage of runaway lust:
‡ It takes God¶s good gifts and makes them my enemies
± My eyes ± My imagination ± Sex

The damage of runaway lust:
‡ It takes God¶s good gifts and makes them my enemies ‡ It knocks me off the path of divine destiny

The damage of runaway lust:
‡ It takes God¶s good gifts and makes them my enemies ‡ It knocks me off the path of divine destiny ‡ It ensnares me

The damage of runaway lust:
‡ It takes God¶s good gifts and makes them my enemies ‡ It knocks me off the path of divine destiny ‡ It ensnares me ‡ It carries me away from God

3. The prescription for runaway lust: Deal with it decisively!

4. Practical Application:

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